September 26, 2020

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Vietnam jumps two places in UN e-government rankings

Vietnam climbed two positions to stand at number 86 amongst 193 countries in the e-government development index (EDGI) rankings, as compiled by the United Nations.

Over the past six years, Vietnam has been moving up the rankings: at 99 in 2014, 89 in 2016, and 88 in 2018.

According to a press release, in Southeast Asia, Vietnam ranks 6th behind Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, and the Philippines.

As per the 2020 survey, Vietnam was in the high EDGI group, with a value of 0.6667, higher than the global average of 0.5988.

It is also higher than Asia and Southeast Asia’s respective EDGI values of 0.6373 and 0.6321.

With regards to component indexes, Vietnam recorded significant improvements in telecoms infrastructure and human capital, jumping up by 31 places and 3 places, respectively.

The online service index dropped by 22 positions, but Vietnam is still one of the low and lower-middle-income countries to deliver rather well in online service provision.

It is thanks to the government’s efforts to increase the number of public services provided via digital means, the release said.

Besides the EDGI, a country’s e-government development was also assessed through the e-participation index (EPI), in which Vietnam moved up two positions to number 70 out of 193 countries.

Another aspect examined in the survey was the open government data index (OGDI) where Vietnam was placed in the group of middle OGDI, ranking at number 97.

Vietnam has set a target to make it into the top 70 countries in terms of EDGI as part of the national digital transformation programme towards 2025 with a view to 2030.

The country is also set to be among the top 50 countries in terms of the information and communication technology development index (IDI) within the next five years, among the top 50 countries in terms of the global competitiveness index (GCI), and in the top 35 countries in terms of the global innovation index (GII).

Vietnam is also expected to be among the top 40 countries across the world in terms of the global cybersecurity index (GCI).

Last month, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) debuted a corporate governance platform, 1Office, at a ceremony in Hanoi.

1Office is one of the Made-in-Vietnam platforms introduced to enterprises in the national digital transformation process.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Deputy Minister of MIC, Nguyen Thanh Hung, said that the ministry hopes Vietnamese digital tech companies will grasp opportunities and develop more platforms to fully serve national digital transformation.

1Office has so far offered services to 2,000 companies and 100,000 users, making it easier for them to oversee workforce, clients, business operations, and communications.

The ministry previously introduced other Made-in-Vietnam platforms used for e-government building such as distant training, health check-ups and treatment, postal codes, webinars, and cloud computing.

It also called on its units to popularise digital platforms to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese enterprises to succeed in domestic and global markets.